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Peter D Jones : Interview

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC 2019/3
  • Collection
  • 2019

Peter Jones, Quaker and lifelong peace and human rights activist interviewed by Ben Ross of the Oralhistorycompany.com . In two parts: Part 1: February 21st 2019. & Part 2: March 7th 2019

Peter D Jones

Interview - part one

Part one of an interview with Peter Jones by Ben Ross from the Oralhistorycompany.com . Recorded February 21st 2019

Peter D Jones

William Nicolle Oates Collection

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC O6
  • Collection
  • 1951-1996

Collection consists of various essays, lectures and reflections on education, Quakers and also copies of his contributions to the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

William Nicolle Oats

Friends Meeting

Notes for the "semi-retreat" and the "day of harmony", note on silence or "stillness".

Clive Sansom

Robey & Mather Papers

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  • Collection
  • 1843-1962

Miscellaneous papers and photographs relating mainly to the family of Joseph Benson Mather

Joseph Benson Mather

Historical notes and cuttings

Notes and cuttings relating to the Brownell, Judd, Barnett and Propsting families, made by Nancie Hewitt, including:-

Brownell: notes by Mrs Hewitt including extracts from an account of Thomas Coke Brownell by his son John Beecham Brownell, photograph of T.C. Brownell.
Barnett: news cutting on Archdeacon Ernest Judd Barnett (died 1955) and copy of memorial address, notes, photograph of Grace Hannah Barnett, obituary of Barbara Burnett (1946).
Patricia Hewitt to serve in India news cutting 1961.
Judd: notes on Judd family; copy of letter from Elizabeth Judd to her aunt, H. Cane, London, on arrival in Hobart describing their voyage, Father being schoolmaster for the voyage in an emigrant ship, and describing Hobart - many things cheaper than in England 1 December 1842 (typed and manuscript copy).
Propsting: marriage declaration of no impediment to the marriage of Alfred Henry Barnett to Elizabeth Georgina Propsting no date; notes on the Propsting (or Probstein) family; extract from minutes of Friends Meeting concerning Henry Propsting 1878, 1901; photographs of Ann and Hannah, first and second wives of Henry Propsting.
Family tree showing connection of Brownell, Barnett, Judd and Propsting families.
News cuttings: Friends School painting of Matthinna, Arthur Circus, Fern Tree Hotel.

Thomas Judd

Judd & Brownell Family Papers

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC J5
  • Collection
  • 1822-1961

Miscellaneous items collected by Nancie Hewitt (nee Brownell), including copies of Judd and Brownell papers, notes relating to Judd, Brownell and Propsting families and other items given to Mrs Hewitt. Also Mrs Hewitt's notes on the Society of Friends and the Quaker faith and some photographs of Quakers.

Thomas Judd

Miscellaneous Quaker Papers

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC DX16
  • Collection
  • 1889-1950

Collection consists of miscellaneous items found in books that were purchased for the Quaker Collection from the Rowntree Family. Includes circulars, photographs, Ackworth School material and sketches

Friends' Meeting Papers

Drafts and circulars to Members of Friends' Meetings reminding them to organise their monetary affairs and to make their wills, etc.
To Hobart friends, signed by Hannah Propsting and J. Ridley Walker.
To Lisburn friends, signed by Clerks of Committee on Ministry and Oversight:
• Norah Douglas - 20 December 1943
• Arnold Benington - 7 December 1946
• Cecil M. Johnson - no date

Mather Family Papers

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC M19
  • Collection
  • 1816-1925

Collection consists of material relating to various members of the Mather family, the Society of Friends , miscellaneous correspondence from Quakers and the Friends School

Robert Mather

"Our Friends"

Autograph book with signatures of friends, some with addresses and brief descriptions. 19 December 1889 - 26 March 1914 and no date.

Walker Family Papers

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC W9
  • Collection
  • 1820-1913

The papers consist mainly of family correspondence of G.W. Walker and his children and a few diaries and miscellaneous papers. James B. Walker's letters to his sisters, particularly letters to Mary Augusta while she was over seas are especially descriptive of his activities and of Hobart life. Mary Walkers' letters from London describe her life as a student in London and her correspondence with friends met then contain references to artists, especially women painters and sculptors.

George Washington Walker

Photograph Album

Photograph album of the Hodgkin's visit to Australia during 1909. Includes photos of Christ Church Annual Meeting, Adelaide General Meeting, other meeting groups, Evelyn Camp, Gosforth Camp, Healsville Camp, members of families of Woodham, Erskine, Benson, Howie, Greaves, Allen, Sayce, Robson, Dixon, Mather, Mackie, Isaac Sharp. Also views of New Zealand, Maori carvings, Dandenongs Victoria, Sydney and Point McLeay Mission. Also a loose photo of Mary Augusta Walker aged 93 wearing her mother’s Quaker dress, and the first General Meeting in Hobart 1903

Thomas Hodgkin

Letter : William L. Wells

Letter written by William L. Wells to "Sister" dated 17 July 1910. Grandson, Frank and Isabel's child, William Walker Wells, little Francie,
Arnold, Ella.

William Levitt Wells

Group of ten men

Photograph of a group of ten men, seated and standing, business suits and waistcoats, beards or
moustaches. Undated but may be c?1895-1910

James Backhouse Walker

William Levitt Wells Collection

  • AU TAS UTAS SPARC DX27
  • Collection
  • 1884-1910

Collection consists of journals and letters relating to William Levitt Wells and his family.

William Levitt Wells

Thomas Hodgkin Collection

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  • Collection
  • 1909-1910

Collection consists of 1 photograph album of people met, groups and scenery and account of a visit to Australia in 1909 written by L. Violet Hodgkin describing her impressions of colonial life (not always favourable ), the meetings and social functions and detailed descriptions of the chief Friends in each place some photos stuck into the diary account.

Thomas Hodgkin

Account of the visit to Australia

Two volumes describing L. Violet Hodgkin impressions of colonial life (not always favourable), the meetings and the social functions and detailed descriptions of the chief Friends’ in each place. In Hobart, where they arrived on the 9th of March, 1909, after brief calls at Perth and Melbourne, and stayed a Heathorn’s Hotel, Violet, described especially the Mathers, the Robeys and their daughters Linor and Margie, the Prosptings whose shop was not doing well, Edith Barnett, John Ridley walker, Elder of the Meeting, and his aunt Mary Augusta Walker. Violet Hodgkin and her brother held special meetings, talks or bible classes for the younger members in each place and in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide joined the Young Friends camps. In Hobart Violet describes several girls from Friends High School. Hobart, New Zealand and Adelaide were highlights of the visit. Violet Hodgkin does not say much about Sydney, where they spent two months, except for a visit to the Allens in the Blue Mountains, and the visits to Queensland and Melbourne were short and often difficult. Some photos of groups and people are stuck in the “Diary” account. There is also a photograph album of people met, groups and scenery (DX10/3)

Thomas Hodgkin

Margaret J. Benson and Annette M. Benson

Photograph of Margaret J. Benson and Annette M. Benson, dated October 1910. Shows two middle aged ladies seated in a garden, wearing long silk? signed: "Margaret J Benson, Annette M Benson MD when
home from India October 1910, with love and best wishes from Mary & Maggie"
(Margaret J Benson D.Sc., was Professor of Botany, London University 1912-1922).

James Backhouse Walker

Cabinet Portraits

Collection of cabinet portraits some subjects named. Verso with photographers details

James Backhouse Walker

Sir James Willson Agnew

Printed copy of photograph of Sir James Willson Agnew (1815-1901) dated 1899. Seated, wearing medal and dress of KCMG .

James Backhouse Walker

Port Davey

Photograph taken of Port Davey, South West Tasmania landing from a boat, dated 28th August 1898

James Backhouse Walker

Henrietta Pierce's photograph album

Photograph album presented on 23 November 1897 to Henrietta Pierce, secretary of the Missionary Helpers Union, Hobart. She had taught at Friends School for eleven years and was leaving Hobart to teach at her aunt's school in Colchester, England. Letter enclosed signed by members of the Missionary Helpers' Union.
Photographs (as identified by Nancie Hewitt):

  1. Pierce family - Alice, Henrietta, John, Margaret (9 yrs)
  2. Friends School party (group of girls and boys seated on ground with tennis racquets)
  3. May Gould - first cousin of Henrietta Pierce
  4. Gould boys left to right: Jack, Arthur, Cecil, Alan
  5. Mrs W.E. Shoobridge (nee Mather)
  6. Edith Shoobridge, daughter of above and missionary wife
  7. Ada Gatchell, Irish Friend (blind and deaf 40 years)
  8. Frank Mather, Margaret and Henrietta Pierce before Henrietta went to England 1897
  9. Charles Sowden
  10. Henry Propsting
  11. Hannah Propsting
  12. Sarah Pumphrey and Mary (daughter)
  13. Elinor and Margerita Robey [as children with doll]
  14. Miss Wilson (LeTall), housekeeper Friends School
  15. Margaret Pierce
  16. Alice Pierce - taken at Lawson by William Allen [elderly woman with stick and bundle of firewood]
  17. Shoobridge family - Edith's wedding
  18. Samuel Clemes - first head of Friends School
  19. Isabella Jane Clemes (1840-1903) first [woman] senior wrangler of Cambridge University, Newham College
  20. Ferdinand Grone, husband of Lizzie Pierce
  21. Aunt Lizzie Pierce, John Pierce's sister
    24 Thomas Pierce (grandfather of Mary) "(John youngest son): and Mary Anne
  22. Pierce cousin (boy) (carte de visite by G. & J. Hall, Wakefield, England]
  23. Woman, spectacles, head & shoulders by William Gill of Colchester [aunt? or other relative]
  24. Henrietta Pierce [Later photograph, head & shoulders by Whitfield Crosse & Co., Salisbury, Devizes & Southampton]
  25. John Pierce and Elizabeth - first wife ("Gould. Her brother a Hobart chemist, grandfather of present ones")
  26. John & Elizabeth Pierce [carte de visite photos by G. & J. Long, Newport Isle of Wight and Brading]
  27. Friends of Ettie's in England [two young men, spectacles, 1920s or 1930s, photo by Edges Ltd., Llandudno]
  28. [Young man, rustic boots and breeches no date]

Henrietta Pierce

Charles Sowden

Photograph of Charles Sowden, , B.A., age 28, teacher at Friends' School, Hobart, depicted ringing school bell.

Note of names

Note of names on a photo of Royal Tennis Club 1896 but photo not found.

James Backhouse Walker

Macquarie Street, Hobart - looking north

Various photographs of Macquarie Street, looking north taken c1877-1893-4. Photographed by Beattie (electric tram car),
Winter, Anson Bros, and H H Baily

James Backhouse Walker

Letters : Bessie Wells to father

Letters written by Elizabeth Lucy (Bessie) Wells to father, Martin Lidbetter, and mother 1884 - 1886. Bessie's letters to her parents were intended for all her family, as she says in her first letter on the voyage (6 May 1884) which was addressed to Father, Mother, Robert & Sophie, Tom & Lizzie, Willie, Harry & Mary. Her first letter was written from Greenhithe before sailing and describes their boarding, seen off by the Wells father, Prissie, Uncles James Wells, Henry & Louie and her two children, Mabel and Arthur. Her letters supplement the journal of the voyage and describe their lives on the voyage, in Hobart and later at the Don River. There are references to the children's schooling, their hopes for a Friends School and eventual arrival of Samuel Clemes and family and the start of the School and the attendance of Edith and Frank, although the expense was almost too much but Edith gained a scholarship. There are references to visits from other Friends and occasionally relatives, visits to Melbourne, etc. A letter of 13.12.1891 was written on Wells Store printed letter-head.
• Nos. 8-12, 1884 - voyage
• Nos.13-18, 1885 - January 1886 - Hobart
• Nos.19-25, 1886, February-August Don River store (including incomplete letter from Melbourne with postscript from Don, 8 June 1886 - Arnold's eye)
• Nos.26-44, 1887-1893 Don River (including two undated letters c1891- Edith got scholarship, c1892 wedding of Walter Lean at Table Cape, Minnie Furmage and 2 children, Willie going to Latrobe daily, Frank possibly not returning to Friends School after Christmas as fees £50 now he had turned twelve)

William Levitt Wells

Bellerive

Photographs of Bellerive (Kangaroo Bay), taken c1882 photographed by Baily.

James Backhouse Walker

Cascades

Photographs of the Cascades taken c1892 by Beattie photographer.

James Backhouse Walker

Mount Bischoff

Photograph of the Mount Bischoff in the early days, undated but thought to be c1885-1890

James Backhouse Walker

Gormanston

Photograph thought to be the town of Gormanston c1885-90

James Backhouse Walker

Don Store : diary four

Diary of the Don Store, 11 February 1887 - 30 December 1888. In February 1886 Wells was appointed manager of the Don branch store of the Don Trading Company by John Henry, the owner, and about 1888 he took over the store, which became William Wells & Co

William Levitt Wells

Waratah

Photograph of the town of Waratah, Tasmania (visited by J B Walker 1887) c1878-88

James Backhouse Walker

Journals

The journals have been published as "Immense Enjoyment, the illustrated journals and letters of William L Wells 1884·1888, the life of an early Quaker family in Tasmania" edited by Faye Gardam and published by the Devon Wells Historical Soicety (1987) a copy is held at UTAS Library Cent.Quaker DU 194.3, .W45, A3 1987
Diaries, illustrated with sketches, written in duplicate copy books, using a lead point on thin copying paper with a blue "carbon" pad which printed both on the back of the copying paper to darken the faint impression made by the lead point as well as on to the slightly thicker copy paper pages which were perforated to tear out (the copy being darker and clearer writing than the "top"). In the last volume, however, the top flimsy pages were removed to send overseas (possibly now written with a pen) and the copy made with a blacker "carbon" was retained

William Levitt Wells

Letters : William Wells to Father

Letters written by William Wells to Father dated 25 September 1885, 8 January 1888 Hobart: Mather family, job prospects, Thomas Lidbetter there - reminds them of Martin Lidbetter, children and new "young Tasmanian" Martin (1885); Don: birth of Hugh (1888).

William Levitt Wells

Letters : William and Bessie Wells

William and Bessie Wells to Thomas and Lizzie dated 1885 – 1888. William to sister and brother in law, with notes and one letter enclosed from Bessie: Baby 12 weeks old, Frank and Edith attending Miss Johnson's school, wishes Edith could go to Ackworth school with Fanny, Father & Prissie (September 1885); Hobart house with sketch of verandah railings and "frieze" made by William L. Wells., Edward Octavius Cotton, Mr Henry's business offer, Thomas Lidbetter and son staying after birth of another son for T.L. (18.10.85); family life; birth of fourth son Hugh, business (24.1.88); Miss Greer to be married (5.9.88).

William Levitt Wells

Mary Augusta Walker

Three quarter length study of Mary Augusta Walker by Foster & Martin, Melbourne

James Backhouse Walker

Don Store : diary three

Diary of the Don Store, 31 October 1886 - 9 February 1887. In February 1886 Wells was appointed manager of the Don branch store of the Don Trading Company by John Henry, the owner, and about 1888 he took over the store, which became William Wells & Co

William Levitt Wells

Mary Augusta Walker

Three quarter length study of Mary Augusta Walker by Foster & Martin, Melbourne

James Backhouse Walker

Don Store : diary one

Diary of the Don Store, 14 March 1886 - 6 June 1886. In February 1886 Wells was appointed manager of the Don branch store of the Don Trading Company by John Henry, the owner, and about 1888 he took over the store, which became William Wells & Co

William Levitt Wells

Don Store : diary two

Diary of the Don Store, 6 June 1886 - 31 October 1886. In February 1886 Wells was appointed manager of the Don branch store of the Don Trading Company by John Henry, the owner, and about 1888 he took over the store, which became William Wells & Co

William Levitt Wells

Hobart and environs

Various photographs of Hobart and Hobart environs taken between 1870 and 1882. Photographed by H. H. Baily, and Anson Bros.

James Backhouse Walker

Sandy Bay

Photographs of Sandy Bay taken c1870-1882 by Winter photographer.

James Backhouse Walker

New Norfolk

Photographs of the Bush Hotel, River Derwent. Taken c1880-1882. Photographed by Baily and Winter

James Backhouse Walker

Mount Wellington and surrounds

Photographs of Mt Wellington, Huon Road, Fern Tree Bower, Waterworks. Taken c1870-1882 by photographers Anson Bros., Baily and Albert Sargeant Photographers

James Backhouse Walker

Liverpool Street, Hobart

Various photographs of Liverpool Street, Hobart including Perkins and Nephew Wholesale & Retail Drapers and Grocers. Photographed by Anson Bros.

James Backhouse Walker

Murray Street, Hobart

Various photographs of Murry Street Hobart. Photographed by Anson Bros. and Winter

James Backhouse Walker

Joseph Benson Mather Correspondence

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  • Collection
  • 1862-1881

The bulk of the correspondence consists of Francis Cotton's letters to Joseph Benson Mather, and some other correspondence from members of the Society of Friends (Quakers), family and a few business correspondents also a few letters addressed to Joseph Benson Mather’s children.

Joseph Benson Mather

Elizabeth Street, Hobart

Various photographs of Elizabeth Street, Hobart, looking north and south, taken c1879, 1881 by photographers Anson Bros. and Winter

James Backhouse Walker

Launceston Streetscapes

Photograph of Launceston, Cataract Bridge, Tamar River. Photographers : WA Cawston, Anson Bros.

James Backhouse Walker

View of Hobart from West Hobart

Photograph from the collection of James Backhouse Walker of a view of Hobart from West Hobart. Looking down Murray & Harrington Streets. The photographer is Henry Hall Baily who had studios in Elizabeth and Liverpool Streets Hobart from 1865 until 1918.

James Backhouse Walker

Hobart looking east

Photograph from the collection of James Backhouse Walker of a view of Hobart from West Hobart looking east toward the river, showing Holy Trinity Church. The photographer is Henry Hall Baily who had studios in Elizabeth and Liverpool Streets Hobart from 1865 until 1918..

James Backhouse Walker

Hobart streetscape in snow

Photograph from the collection of James Backhouse Walker of a Hobart streetscape in snow - looking towards Mt Nelson and Sandy Bay.

James Backhouse Walker

Mt. Wellington from St. George's Hill

Photograph from the collection of James Backhouse Walker of a view of Mt. Wellington from St. George's Hill with Hawthorn Cottage in the foreground and Bishopscourt - Garden Crescent and Davey Street Chapel in the background (according to notes on the reverse). The photographer was the Anson Brothers, whose firm was located in Liverpool, Collins and Elizabeth Streets between 1878 and 1891.

James Backhouse Walker

Friends' Meeting House, Murray Street

Photograph titled First Friends' Meeting House: The first Quaker Meeting House in Hobart. A cottage at 39 Murray Street which was bought by James Backhouse in 1837 with a loan from Meeting for Sufferings, London. The cost was £400 including alterations. Shows Mr Cheverton and Mr Shields and uniformed police constable in front, Holy Trinity Church on hill in background. From 12 February 1832 the visiting Quakers James Backhouse and George Washington Walker held periods of worship in the Quaker manner and others sought leave to join them. These included ex-English Friends who had been transported, some of whom were still prisoners, other convicts and ‘locals’, together with four current members. The gatherings were held in private homes and various rented rooms. The Hobart Meeting began in 1833 when the first Meeting for Discipline was held on 20 September 1833 at the home of Thomas Crouch, Bathurst Street. Members present were Thomas Squire, Ann Pollard (minor), James Backhouse and George Washington Walker. Photograph (mounted) J. Bishop, Osborne (& copy neg)

George Musgrave Parker

Hobart from Huon Road looking east

Photograph from the collection of James Backhouse Walker of a view of Hobart from Huon Road looking east in about 1879, according to notes on the reverse.

James Backhouse Walker

Hobart looking south east

Photograph from the collection of James Backhouse Walker of a view of Hobart looking South East with a garden in the foreground and Elizabeth Street in the middle distance. The photographer is Alfred Winter who had studios in Bathurst, Elizabeth and Liverpool Streets from 1874-1880.

James Backhouse Walker

Mt. Wellington from the foot of St. George's Hill

Photograph from the collection of James Backhouse Walker of a view of Mt. Wellington from the foot of St. George's Hill in about 1870. The view is from the corner of Albeura St and Sandy Bay Rd. The photographer's name, Woolley, is recorded in a note on the reverse and presumably refers to Charles Alfred.

James Backhouse Walker

Hobart view

Photograph from the collection of James Backhouse Walker of Hobart viewing over St. Davids Park, probably from Hampden Road, (in about 1878 according to a note on the reverse). The photographer is Henry Hall Baily who had studios in Elizabeth and Liverpool Streets Hobart from 1865 until 1918.

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James Backhouse Walker

Hobart view to the east

Photograph from the collection of James Backhouse Walker of an elevated view of Hobart looking east taken near Browne Street, (about 1876, according to a note on the reverse). Warwick Street in the foreground. Photographed by Henry Hall Baily who had studios in Elizabeth and Liverpool Streets, Hobart from 1865 until 1918.

James Backhouse Walker

Hobart from the top of Murray Street

Photograph from the collection of James Backhouse Walker of a view of Hobart from the top of Murray St in about 1876 according to notes on the reverse. The photographer is Henry Hall Baily who had studios in Elizabeth and Liverpool Streets Hobart from 1865 until 1918.

James Backhouse Walker

View from Mr. Robert's garden, West Hobart

Photograph from the collection of James Backhouse Walker of a view of Hobart looking towards the Eastern Shore. The panorama has been taken from Mr. Roberts' garden with various shrubs and a Norfolk Island pine in the foreground. Henry Hall Baily is the photographer. He had studios in Elizabeth and Liverpool Streets Hobart from 1865 until 1918.

James Backhouse Walker

Hobart, looking towards St. George's Hill

Photograph from the collection of James Backhouse Walker of a view of Hobart, looking towards St. George's Hill, Battery Point. Showing St Georges Church and James Luckman's windmill probably taken in the 1870s.

James Backhouse Walker

View from Mr. Robert's garden, West Hobart

Photograph from the collection of James Backhouse Walker of a view of Hobart looking towards the Eastern Shore. The panorama has been taken from Mr. Roberts' garden with various shrubs and a Norfolk Island pine in the foreground. Henry Hall Baily is the photographer. He had studios in Elizabeth and Liverpool Streets Hobart from 1865 until 1918.

James Backhouse Walker

Queech Cliffs

M. Allport, "from Queechy Tasmania" (cliffs), 1862. S Clifford, Hobart Town.

James Backhouse Walker

Man seated

Unidentified daguerreotype in a plain leather and velvet case of a man, seated, young to middle age, with side whiskers. Head lightly coloured, shirt front painted white, plain background, 1 pillar

James Backhouse Walker

Man seated

Ambrotype in case of a man seated, youngish, straight, short hair, moustache and beard, leaning on elbow on side table with books and lace cloth, plain background, slightly tinted.

James Backhouse Walker

Woman and man seated

Ambrotypes in case of two unidentified portraits. Woman in left side of case and on right side man, seated, thin face, side -burns, white shirt. Background of drapery and mountain view. Head lightly tinted, shirt front painted white. two portraits in oval frames in one case.

James Backhouse Walker

Little girls seated

Ambrotypes in cases of little girls. Both seated, wearing black and white Pierrette type white dresses. One child has ringlets. Cases: tooled imitation leather, lined red velvet, frames oval top.

James Backhouse Walker

Woman seated

Unidentified daguerreotype in a plain leather and velvet case of a woman, seated, wearing bonnet with white ribbons and flowers, holding parasol, background of classical pillars, head lightly coloured.

James Backhouse Walker

Carte de visite

Collection of carte-de-visite some subjects named. Verso with photographers details

James Backhouse Walker

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